Earlier at this time Alpine released a statement saying reigning FIA System 2 champion Piastri would take Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso’s seat at its F1 crew subsequent 12 months.
The information got here with none remark from Piastri each within the press launch and on his personal social media channels, with the announcement on the Australian driver’s future additionally coming in the course of the night time in his residence nation.
This fuelled recommendations that the Piastri scenario was extra difficult than it appeared, with the Australian and his supervisor, former F1 driver Mark Webber, having not too long ago made strikes to attempt to get him in at McLaren subsequent season.
Piastri has now posted a press release on Twitter saying Alpine’s assertion was made with out his consent, and denies he’ll race for the crew in F1 subsequent 12 months.
“I perceive that, with out my settlement, Alpine F1 have put out a press launch late this afternoon that I’m driving for them subsequent 12 months,” Piastri wrote.
“That is mistaken and I’ve not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent 12 months.”
Double F1 champion Alonso’s shock announcement that he had signed a two-year deal with Aston Martin for subsequent 12 months blew the F1 driver market open because the sequence heads into its summer season break.
Alpine crew boss Otmar Szafanauer informed a choose group of media – together with Autosport – that the team only knew of Alonso’s decision when the press release was issued.
With it trying unlikely that Piastri would have a spot at Alpine for 2023 previous to the Alonso choice, it’s understood that he and Webber had been working to safe a cope with McLaren.
That might have been instead of Daniel Ricciardo, whose future inside McLaren has been unsure for a while owing to his underwhelming efficiency within the automobile this 12 months, regardless of having a deal in place for 2023.
Though break clauses in Ricciardo’s contract are believed to be fully on his aspect, a swoop by McLaren to get Piastri in on a long-term deal could possibly be sufficient to make him realise that his long-term future might be higher assured elsewhere.
Alpine claimed that, with Alonso transferring on, the Enstone-based crew had a contractual proper to place Piastri into an F1 race seat for subsequent 12 months and seemingly exercised this earlier at this time with its personal announcement.
That will not be the case, nevertheless, with some recommendations that Alpine had missed the deadline by which it needed to commit Piastri to a 2023 F1 race seat.
It’s possible, due to this fact, that Alpine made the announcement as a warning to others that they might face a authorized battle over Piastri’s companies because it had staked its declare to his companies.
McLaren is but to make any touch upon the matter.